Carlos Bunga

Mother, 2002–2022
Digital video, color, sound, loop and site-specific installation
Courtesy of the artist

In 2002, Carlos Bunga filmed a conversation with his mother in which he questioned her about her personal story. She tells him of fleeing from her land after her sister’s birth, and recounts the whole process of leaving Angola for Portugal. This is a profoundly intimate and raw conversation between a mother and a son who tries to unveil some of the past. We revisit this video in the wake of Carlos Bunga’s intervention in the first moment of Meia-noite, which he had called Descolonizar o Pensamento, a work which questioned our way of looking at the exotic other symbolized by the Angolan sculptures in the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra. Now, the artist has moved into the intimate plane for a deeply personal reflection on his history.